Just before three o’clock Eastern Daylight Time Wednesday, the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a nullification bill to block enforcement of ObamaCare in the Palmetto State.
By a vote of 65-39, state representatives placed South Carolina on a collision course with the Obama administration with their approval of HB 3101, a bill prohibiting state officers and agents from carrying out the myriad mandates contained in President Obama’s medical care morass.
Since the opening of the 120th session of the South Carolina state legislature, a broad coalition of South Carolinians and liberty-minded organizations have urged the state House of Representatives to stand up to the federal healthcare tyranny by passing the South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act.
In fact, John Birch Society South Carolina Coordinator Jesse Graston attributes the bill’s passage by the House to a “groundswell of grassroots activity.”
“There was an unprecedented amount of cooperation between all the different groups that most certainly do not agree on every issue, but all decided to row in the same direction with this issue,” Graston told The New American.
In a comment to the Greenville (South Carolina) Post, another key supporter of the bill sponsored by state Representative William Chumley echoed Graston’s opinion.
"This kind of victory occurs when the grassroots across the State come together and coalesce. I could not be prouder!” said Chris Lawton of the Greenville Tea Party.
Michael Boldin, executive director of the influential Tenth Amendment Center, provided critical services to the effort to pass the ObamaCare-busting bill, and he likewise praised the courage of the South Carolina House of Representatives.
“The Supreme Court may have an opinion on the Affordable Care Act. But they’re going to have a hard time enforcing it if the People of the states feel differently. The congratulation goes out to all the hard working people in South Carolina,” said Boldin, as quoted in the Post article.
All that hard work was almost for naught, however. Wednesday (May 1) was the final day bills could be transmitted from the state House to the state Senate, and in the House opponents of the bill from both sides of the aisle fought fiercely to prevent the measure from beating the statutory deadline.
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